Many of us have been inspired by a coach either as a participant or performer, or by watching the performances of individuals. In order to retain coaches and encourage new coaches they need to feel valued.
Sports coaches can make a huge difference to sport – increasing and keeping the numbers taking part alongside improving performances. The coach and their role is often unsung, They are rarely seen receiving medals and trophies but are extremely valued by their participants and performers.
Through the delivery of Active Sports Minimum Operating Standards were in place – consisting of a CRB check, Governing Body qualification and attending child protection, equity and coaching disabled athletes workshops.
There are strong reasons to regulate sports coaches – to support coaches maintain and increase their knowledge and skills that in turn will lead to better coaching practise for participants and performers.
Jenny Buckham, Head of Coaching Network from sports coach UK describes the essence of Coaching Networks: “They are local partnerships of organisations which have agreed to work collaboratively to support the needs of the governing bodies and their coaches at a local level.